Reviews say the Black & Decker G48TD 3-In-1 Grill, Griddle and Waffle Maker is the best budget choice for making standard American-style waffles. It produces four 4.5-inch, square waffles at a time, which is convenient for families. You can also remove the waffle grids to expose flat plates that can be used as a griddle for eggs, pancakes and grilled sandwiches.
User reviews are positive but include some durability complaints: Some owners say the 3-In-1's exterior becomes dangerously hot, and others say the nonstick interior isn't very effective. If you want Belgian waffles, reviews point to the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker (*Est. $45) as the best budget option.
We found more than 700 owner reviews at Amazon.com and about two dozen at Epinions.com that indicate high overall satisfaction with this Black & Decker waffle iron. Some complaints are worth noting, but we found isolated grumbles about defective models and surface wear when researching almost every waffle iron. Cook's Illustrated magazine tests the G48TD in its most recent roundup, but editors mark it down for its slow cooking time.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The Black & Decker G48TD 3-In-1 Grill, Griddle and Waffle Maker is one of six standard waffle irons evaluated in hands-on tests by Cook's Illustrated editors. Irons are evaluated mainly on waffle quality, as well as ease of use and cleanup.
Review: Waffle Irons, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 2010
More than 725 owner reviews give the Black & Decker G48TD 3-In-1 Grill, Griddle and Waffle Maker a high average score, with about 20 percent scoring it fewer than 4 out of 5 stars. Some users warn that the exterior becomes very hot to the touch and the top of the iron is heavy, resulting in squished sandwiches. Others say the clips that hold the grids in place are flimsy, and the nonstick interior doesn't work well and tends to wear off quickly.
Review: Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011
About two dozen owners give the Black & Decker G48TD 3-In-1 Grill, Griddle and Waffle Maker a high average score, with about 20 percent scoring it fewer than 4 out of 5 stars. Most negative reviews focus on the exterior becoming too hot.
Review: Black & Decker G48TD Waffle Maker, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of Dec. 2011